Billy Rose Theatre Division
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The Adolph Green papers consist of scripts and programs. The scripts include work done for the theater, film, andtelevision. Though this collection contains materials fromas early as 1944 and as late as 2002, the bulk of these items are from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The projects that are most extensively represented here are A Doll's Life (1982) and On The Twentieth Century (1978). One of the strengths of this collection lies in its range of scripts by Comden and Green, including unproduced or incomplete works. Also included are multiple drafts of scripts for certain shows, which serve to document the process of revising a script. Materials of special interest relating to musical theater include an early draft of Out of This World (1950), on which Comden and Green did some uncredited script doctoring, and drafts of an unrealized collaboration with Leonard Bernstein on a musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth. Musical film items of note include a German translation of the film of Bells Are Ringing and early drafts of Comden and Green's MGM film hits Good News (1947), Singin' In the Rain (1952), and The Bandwagon (1953).
Adolph Green (1915-2002) was a lyricist, librettist, screenwriter, and performer. Working with his lifelong writing partner, Betty Comden, Green co-authored the booksand lyrics to some of the most important works of musical theater and film.
Controlled Access Terms
- Green, Adolph.
- Musical films -- United States.
- Musical theater -- New York (State) -- New York.
- Television musicals -- United States.
- Motion picture plays.
- Scripts (documents)
- Television scripts.
- Television writers.
Additional Creator Names
- Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990.
- Comden, Betty.
- Comden, Betty. Doll's Life.
- Green, Adolph. Doll's Life.
- Comden, Betty. On the Twentieth Century.
- Green, Adolph. On the Twentieth Century.